Election Campaign in Ecuador Marred by Shooting as Violence Surges

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A shooting near a restaurant in Ecuador during the presidential campaign has prompted Otto Sonnenholzner, a candidate, to call for an investigation. The conservative politician, along with his family and supporters, was present when shots were fired, causing panic. Although he wasn’t the target, the incident highlights the surge in gang attacks affecting the campaign. Candidate Fernando Villavicencio was assassinated earlier in the week. Shootouts like this have become common in Ecuador’s cities due to drug-related violence. Candidates are now focusing on peace and security to reassure voters. The fear of more violence looms as the election approaches. Villavicencio’s murder disrupted campaigning, and candidates are taking precautions, such as wearing bulletproof vests.